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Bulu Box Review + Discount Code!

I received my first Bulu Box last week and could not wait to try the products.  The monthly subscription service provides five sample size products in each shipment.  If you like something, they offer every sample as a full sized product on their website.  When you register you’re asked to fill out a profile to help determine what samples are perfect for you which is a great way to know you’ll use every Bulu Box sample, every month.bulu boxMy Bulu Box contained Fusion Chicken Jerky in Lemon Pepper flavor, Movit Energy Gummies, Runa Tea, Earth’s Care Anti-Itch Cream and Simple Being Dietary Supplement.

As soon as I opened the box I dove into Fusion’s Lemon Pepper Jerky.  Delicious!  I had never had chicken jerky before, only venison and beef, and was very pleasantly surprised.  It was chewy like expected but not unreasonable so, perfectly flavored and smelled great.  The hint of spice doesn’t become overpowering when you eat more than one or two slices which is great for someone like me who doesn’t like a lot heat on food.

While I sitting out on the deck with my book Saturday afternoon a few mosquitos got their jaws in me and the Earth’s Care Anti-Itch cream was a nice tool to have handy.  I wiped some on as soon as I noticed the red bump and never had the urge to itch it.  Not once!  I typically just suffer and scratch away for a few minutes but after this experience, I might invest in a little less itchiness.

Sunday morning I had a long run scheduled.  After a sleepless night, my original plans were derailed and I got off to a late start.  Luckily, I still had time to devour The Movit Energy Gummies my Bulu Box contained.  The citrus flavor was yummy.  I love a gummy and all of the nutrients the chewies contained.  The package recommends eating about 20 minutes before your activity and even though I only gave them 12-15 to kick in, I think I noticed a difference in my energy level past the 10k mark.  It was hot and I was fighting with some hydration issues that made it hard to really tell what was going on.  Looking forward to trying these again.

Not much of a tea drinker beyond the very rare Arizona Green Tea, I was a little nervous to try the Runa Guayusa Tea.  I’ve never steeped my own tea and didn’t know how it would taste.  The Focused Energy flavor was surprisingly good.  I typically steer clear of caffeine and didn’t really feel a big boost but I suspect this could be because I drank it very slowly over about 20 minutes.  I appreciate the whole foods aspect and the company’s mission.

I haven’t yet tried the Simple Being supplement and am not sure when I will.  Like I mentioned, I’m cautious with caffeine.  When I do feel brave enough to take it, I’ll probably split the package with Doug and see how differently we respond to the same ingredients.

Aside from sending awesome samples with no shipping charges (ever) every month, Bulu Box offers cancellation at any time and a kick butt rewards program.  Each month you can earn points for sharing thoughts and reviews of the samples you received.  Those points can then be used to purchase full size products in the Bulu Box store.  How awesome is that?  Free stuff!

Thanks Bulu Box for sending me great things.  If you’d like to try Bulu Box, use discount code SWEATPINK to save 50% off a 3 month subscription.

Meredith

Do you get a monthly Bulu Box?  What other monthly sample do you subscribe to?

**I received this complimentary Bulu Box as part of my partnership with Sweat Pink and Fit Approach.  All opinions and work are my own***

December Right Now: Wearing, Loving, Running

It’s time for the December edition of Right Now!  This month I cover what I’m wearing, what I’m really liking and what my early 2015 running plans are.

Wearing:  This SweatPink tank.  I received it as part of my SweatListPro swag and the super comfy tank was a welcome addition to my collection.  I typically wear fitted gear on top and was pleasantly surprised to like the softness and room to move in this one.  It doesn’t get shown off much during cold, layered winter runs but shines on the dreadmill.  I will definitely be wearing it often in the spring’s sunshine.wearing

Loving:  The cooler weather.  Yes, it’s a bit chillier than I’d like driving to work at 5:30 in the morning but my the time I get out to run, the temperatures in the mid- to high-40s are great.  There were a few very windy, rainy days here in Virginia Beach lately that had me worried the winter conditions won’t be runner friendly but things have cleared up and the last two days have been perfect.

Racing:  Rock n Roll Arizona.  I said in this post I was definitely planning to go for that sub-1:37.00 PR I missed in Myrtle Beach but now I’m guessing again.  I took seven days off from running after Rehoboth.  Didn’t run a single step.  I did some strength training and am a little bit concerned about being ready to run fast in five weeks.  This is the first time I’ll ever try to PR with such a short training cycle and I’m not sure when my next chance will be.  Rock n Roll USA isn’t really on my radar as a PR course, pacing the 1:52 group at Shamrock the following weekend means it’s out, too, and the rest of my 2015 schedule has yet to be determined.  Hopefully I’ll find an opportunity that fits both my schedule and my budget next spring!

Meredith

Do you like running in the cold?  What’s on your spring race schedule?  What are you wearing this winter?

Right Now: Reading, Wearing, Planning

I’m kicking off a brand new category with this post, and I’m calling it Right Now.  These are the things I’m excited to share with you, and want your opinions on, whether it’s what I’m reading, eating, wearing, drinking, lifting, feeling about running, thinking about running, where I’m running and more.  I’ll aim to hit three different categories in each post, but in case I find a few really good things (wines, books, running gear), I’m not making any promises :).  Here we go!right now

Right Now, I’m reading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.  I’ve read another of her novels, Dark Places, and thought it was fantastic.  Like its sister, this novel is gripping, drawing the reader into Camille’s (the narrator) world and holding you tight.  A psychological thriller, the tale of a small town gone big city girl’s return home is tangled, twisted and wonderful.

right nowRight Now, I’m excited to be wearing my new SweatPink shoe laces.  I’ve just broken out my last remaining new pair of Pro Grid Ride 5s, and lucky for me, they’re a perfect match.  I’m enjoying being a SweatPink ambassador, and excited to continue networking with, meeting and befriending my fellow SweatPink-ers.

Finally, Right Now, I’m starting to plan my 2015 Race Year.  I know it’s a long way from now, but time has been flying lately, and I don’t want to miss the boat, waste time or put myself in a training situation that could end badly.  I began planning for 2015 back in January, but that plan has already changed.  I’ve opted to add Rock n Roll Las Vegas in November to 2014, and with races in October, November and December, I might add RnR Phoenix in January.  The October Myrtle Beach Mini is my Fall target race, so much like I’ll be running Nashville for fun, Vegas and Rehoboth will simply be abnormally fun long runs.   I’m not sure what I’ll target for a Spring race, though if I do run Phoenix, it could be that, and I may or may not stick with the plan to run RnR DC and Kentucky in March, 2015.  Decisions, Decisions.

Meredith

What are you reading right now?  Planning on running in 2015?

Busy Weekend and New Things!

Phew, the weekend is over.  I never thought I’d say that!  It was a busy weekend, but lots of fun and even included a few new things.  I spent three days at Villanova University taking the USATF Level One Coaching Certification Course (more on that later) and drove up to Philly on Thursday afternoon.

I got to Mom and Dad’s just in time for dinner and an 8pm Twitter chat with Lorna Jane and Fit Approach.  I was recently selected as a SweatPink Ambassador, and am excited to be a part of the community.  The ladies on the chat were all awesome, hopefully I’ll meet a few of them at some upcoming races.  A good night’s sleep to prepare my body and mind for a busy weekend followed the Twitter party, and I hit the mean streets Friday morning for an easy four mile run that I made sure included some serious hills.  Speaking of running, my post-Shamrock training has been pretty lax.  I took Monday and Tuesday off, rowed a 5K on Wednesday, lifted heavy on Thursday (first time in almost three weeks.  Hello, sore) and had a blast running four miles of big, quad burning hills that got my legs back in gear after Thursday’s work.busy weekend

Class didn’t start until 5:30 Friday evening, so Mom and I took a shopping trip (yay, new things).  I’d been looking for a replacement laptop bag for a while, knowing mine was on it’s last legs, but hadn’t had much success.  Luckily, a visit to Vera Bradley helped me find this Messenger bag, and it’s perfect.  Plenty of room for my computer, notepads and lots of pockets for cords, pens and snacks.

busy weekendI try to save my shopping dollars for trips to Pennsylvania because there isn’t (yet) any tax on clothing and it helps the pennies go a little further.  In need of a new pair of running tights, I picked out this super comfy pair of Inspire Crop II from Lululemon and can’t wait to try them out on this afternoon’s 45 minute tempo run (yes, there will be a review).

My busy weekend really kicked into gear with Friday evening’s class session, and it rolled right on with 12 hours of class Saturday and the final 8 on Sunday.  I mentioned my post-Shamrock training had been lax, and with lots of learning to do, I was off both Saturday and Sunday.  After thanking the teaching coaches, I hopped in the car and made my way back south.  With my busy weekend in the books, here’s what’s on tap for this week’s April Fool’s training:

Tempo work (and new pants) today, heavy lifting tomorrow, a Race Pace run on Wednesday, speed work and lifting on Thursday, a 14 miler on Friday then a recovery run or light cross training on Saturday.  It’ll be nice to settle back into my regular routine for the 12 days leading to my next Race Day.

Meredith

How was your weekend?  Do you get excited for new workout gear?